Earlier this month, Typhoon Haiyan slammed through the Philippines on Friday with sustained winds of over 145 miles per hour. It affected over 4.3 million people across 36 provinces. Over 330,000 people have been left without homes and are being housed in over 1,200 evacuation centers. The Philippine Red Cross is assisting in hardest hit communities through search and rescue efforts and food and relief supply distribution. The American Red Cross is sending disaster relief specialists and equipment to assist in these efforts.
In an effort to help those affected by the natural disaster, the Virginia Tech Athletics Department in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will sponsor a relief drive at the Virginia Tech Football game, Saturday, November 16th. Fans attending the game can drop-off donations in collection buckets at the gates of Lane Stadium upon entry, where officials from the Virginia Tech Red Cross Club and the New River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will be stationed. All money collected would be donated to the American Red Cross to assist in the relief effort in the Philippines.
Virginia Tech and Maryland are set to kick-off at 12:30pm and gates open at 10:30am. The Marching Virginians will also be collecting canned foods for their annual Hokies For the Hungry food drive.
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